Postgraduate Awards 2003


Francis Donohoe

Person, perception, perseverance, place and peers: Managing the transition from Year 10 general education to a residential agricultural studies course in the upper secondary years

EdD thesis, The University of Notre Dame

Presentation Abstract

Francis DonohoeTeenagers can make responsible life decisions! The Adolescent Coping Scale (Frydenberg and Lewis, 1993) was used in research undertaken at the Catholic Agricultural College Bindoon on how students manage the transition from Year 10 to the fully vocational outcomes based residential course in Agriculture that is special to WA.

In the planning of the research, the ACS was intended to serve as a means of triangulating the data obtained from surveys and interviews on how the students were coping with the move from Year 10 to the Senior Agricultural course. However, as the research proceeded it became clear that there was the potential to use the instrument as a prognostic tool. Consequently, this presentation will: introduce the ACS; provide examples of computer generated student coping profiles; compare profiles of students who managed the transition and completed the course with profiles of students who did not; and demonstrate the potential for the ACS to be used as a prognostic tool.


Myra TaylorDr Myra Taylor

Stress-induced atypical brain lateralisation in boys with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Implications for scholastic performance

PhD thesis, The University of Western Australia


Jennifer Pearson Dr Jennifer Pearson

New tricks for old hands: How experienced primary teachers incorporate new science curricula in to their practice

PhD thesis, Curtin University


Caroline MansfieldDr Caroline Mansfield

The influence of students’ contextual perceptions on motivational goal pursuit in the first year of middle school

PhD thesis, Edith Cowan University


Jocasta de Reuck

Empathy and identity: A role for theatre in the construction of self and its relation to the environment

MEd (Hons) thesis, Murdoch University